Venus Optics Laowa 4mm, 12mm, 17mm Hands-On

We have a hands-on look at three new Laowa lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras, including the tiny 4mm fisheye lens.

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Venus Laowa 12mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds

We spent some time looking at Laowa's new Micro Four Thirds lenses, at Photokina 2018, in Cologne, Germany. What's impressive about these Micro Four Thirds lenses, is how small, compact, and lightweight they are. 

The 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens is almost too small, with a very thin focusing ring, luckily they realised this, and added a knob to the ring, so that it is easier to focus. You still have to be careful when using this lens, as you need to be careful not to end up in the shot due to how much the lens captures in the shot. See more pictures of this lens below. Keep scrolling for pictures of the 12mm f/1.8 (24mm equivalent), and the 17mm f/1.8 (34mm equivalent).


Venus Laowa 4mm f/2.8 FishEye MFT Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Venus Laowa 12mm f/1.8 MFT Hands-On Photos of Equipment


Venus Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT Hands-On Photos of Equipment

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alan53 12 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2018 12:44PM

As a MFT user, I am less interested in the 12 and 17mm lenses – Olympus have had similar lenses for years – than in the new MFT version of the existing 9mm lens, which you don’t mention. (It was included in their press release of Sept 21 which you published).

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joshwa Plus
9 908 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2018 1:08PM
Hi Alan,
We reviewed the 9mm lens, with the E-mount here:

steveb127 2 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2019 10:02AM
Do you know if the 17mm is rectilinear ?

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